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Supporting UK Merchant Navy seafarers and their families when they need a lifeline

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Since its launch in 2012, the Merchant Navy Fund has helped hundreds of Merchant Navy seafarers and their families in times of need. This page details just a few of the grants given and how they have supported UK Merchant Navy seafarers. Details of more recent Merchant Navy Fund grants can be found in our latest e-newsletter - please click here to download a copy (PDF file).

Sailors' Children's Society at Prestatyn

Sailors' Children's Society added a brand new holiday caravan to its small fleet around the UK. The 'mobile home' at Prestatyn offers respite accommodation for Merchant Navy families who need a break. Sailors' Children's Society was formed in 1821 and is a national charity providing support for over 400 disadvantaged children of seafarers in the UK. For further information please contact Deanne Thomas, Sailors' Children's Society, phone 01482 342331.

Care Ashore

In Surrey, Care Ashore provides sheltered housing and residential care for ex-seafarers. A grant from the Merchant Navy Fund enabled the charity to provide new recreation and exercise facilities for residents. Click here to hear Ruth talk about her ex-seafarer brother Simon who lives at Care Ashore (previously known as The Merchant Seaman's War Memorial Society). For further information please contact Trevor Goacher, Care Ashore, phone 01403 752555.

Mariner's Park

On the Wirral in Merseyside, Mariners' Park - run by the Nautilus Welfare Fund - is probably the UK's best-known residential care facility for ex-seafarers. As it continues to grow - including this year with additional rooms funded by Trinity House - Mariners' Park wanted to add new facilities for residents on the 16-acre estate. A grant from the Merchant Navy Fund contributed toward the cost of a wheelchair-accessible garden specially designed to meet the needs of dementia sufferers. For further information please phone Mariners' Park on 0151 346 8840.

Digital Inclusion

A grant to the Merchant Navy Welfare Board enabled a 'Digital Inclusion' pilot project to be started in three homes for ex-seafarers - Care Ashore, Sir Gabriel Wood's Mariners Home and Mariners' Park. Providing user-friendly internet access for beginners, with 'hands on' introductory training, this project utilises innovative software that makes IT less intimidating for older people. Click for more information.

These grants were only possible thanks to the generosity of donors to the Merchant Navy Fund. If you would like to arrange a one-off payment or regular donation to support British Merchant Navy men and women and their families when they need our help, please contact Carole Hunt at Seafarers UK, phone 020 7932 0000, email

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